SAVE THE DATE : Conference “The Shield of Europe: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights”

13th of January 2016

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – Rue Wiertz (Brussels)

Room PHS 01C47 and Room ASP 1G02

09:00 – 13:00/15:00 – 18:30

Based on an analysis of the current situation, the Conference aims to propose an alternative model of European governance so as to realize an effective political integration founded on the rule of law and placing fundamental rights at the core of its own action.  In this perspective, particular attention will be paid to the Charter of fundamental rights as being the highest expression of a European Bill of Rights and, at the same time, primary source of law through article 6 TEU.


09:00 – 09:15 – Opening remarks MEP Barbara Spinelli, GUE/NGL

09:15 – 11:00 (Room P1C047)

1° Session: EU Governance vis-à-vis democratic sovereignty: the role of national Parliaments and Constitutions.

Chair: MEP Barbara Spinelli, GUE/NGL

  • Ingolf Pernice – Director of the Walter Hallenstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law and Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • Emilio De Capitani – Visiting Professor, Department of Law at the Queen Mary University of London and Executive Director of the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group)
  • Debate

11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 (Room P1C047)

2° Session: The EU Charter of fundamental rights as foundation of a European rule of law?

Chair: MEP Martina Anderson, GUE/NGL

  • Giuseppe Bronzini – Judge in the Supreme Court of Cassation, Italy
  • Pier Virgilio Dastoli – President of the Italian Council of the European Movement (CIME)
  • Debate

13:00 – 15:00 – Lunch break

15:00 – 16:30 (Room ASP1G2)

3° Session: Economic crisis and austerity: an undemocratic state of emergency?

Chair: MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat, GUE/NGL

  • Zoe Konstantopoulou – Former President of the Hellenic Parliament
  • Olivier De Schutter – Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Professor of Law at the University of Louvain and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Cell in Human Rights (CRIDHO)
  • Debate

16:30 – 16:45 – Coffee break

16:45 – 18:15 (Room ASP1G2)

4° Session: Towards a Europe based on human and social rights.

Chair: MEP Helmut Scholz, GUE/NGL

  • Stefano Rodotà – Professor emeritus of Civil Law, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • Valsamis Mitsilegas – Head of the Department of Law, Professor of European Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London
  • Debate

18:15 – 18:30 – Conclusions

MEP Barbara Spinelli, GUE/NGL



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